Dales Woodland Restoration programme
The Traddock now offers a package to our guests, that with every offer booked, one native, broadleaf tree will be planted in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. You will receive a certificate and card to commemorate your tree dedication and your name will be entered on the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Register of Supporters. Once the tree has been planted the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) will write to you with details of its location and you’ll be invited to visit the young woodland at a Woodland Open Day.
We are working with the YDMT to help restore Yorkshire Dales woodland via their Dales Woodland Restoration programme. Since 1997 the Trust has helped to plant over 1 million trees in the Yorkshire Dales and continues with a broad range of new projects. The aim is to increase semi natural and mixed woodland cover to over 5000 hectares by 2020.
The UK is now one of the least-wooded places in Europe. Changes in land use have led to a steady loss of native trees and woodland. Today only 4.5% of land in the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale area is covered by trees, compared with the national average of 9%. Of this, more than half is conifer plantation.
By staying at The Traddock Hotel your donation will help to change that, by supporting the creation of new native broadleaf woodland in this area. Through the Dales Woodland Restoration programme the YDMT supports private landowners, farmers and organisations to plant traditional tree species such as ash, oak, rowen, hazel, birch, bird cheery, alder, holly and hawthorn.
Woodland restoration brings benefits to many people throughout the Dales and much further afield. Woodland forms a vital part of our much-loved landscape in the Dales, to be enjoyed by everyone who lives here and visits the area. It provides a place for people to go to enjoy nature and for children to learn about the environment. Woodland provides habitats for wildlife and plant species, conserves our bio-diversity, stabilises the soil and absorbs greenhouse gases.
In 2012 guests donated over £280.00, or 19 broad leaf trees that have now been planted as part of a new woodland area. We will be continuing to offer a number of packages for 2013, continuing what we hope is a long term commitment to further expand the program.